Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Out On Blue Six : Twinkle, RIP

It was from reading Michael's blog that I learnt the news today that Twinkle, the swinging 60s pop starlet (real name Lynne Ripley, her stage name was a term of affection her father used for her) has passed away from cancer at the age of 66.

With her long blonde hair, a John Lennon leather peaked cap, kinky boots and Breton striped top she was the height of 60s dollybird fashion as she sung her biggest hit Terry, a song about a biker's tragic, fatal road crash and the girl he left behind, with its plaintive wail "Please wait at the gates of heaven for me Terry" 

Twinkle had written the song aged just 14 when a pack of rockers overtook her father's Rolls Royce. Twinkle was in reality a posh girl you see, daughter of Surrey County Council's Conservative chairman and owner of a printworks and grew up in a 20 room family home on Kingston Hill. It was Des Cluskey of The Bachelors who talent spotted the 18 year old Twinkle and encouraged his manager to sign her and record Terry, with help from session guitarist Jimmy Page.

Terry sold 250,000 copies and reached Number 4 in the charts. A firm favourite on Radio Caroline, Twinkle was the only female artiste allowed to stay on board the Mi Amigo overnight but this proved to be her single biggest hit - a follow up Golden Lights written about a visit to Blackpool, where she saw The Bachelors in concert, reached Number 21 whilst four more singles - including a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg penned France Gall 1965 Eurovision winning hit A Lonely Singing Doll (better known as Poupee de cire, Poupee de son) failed to chart. Romantically, she was liked with Mick Jagger and was the Stones support act on tour in 1965, before she married Graham Rogers an actor who played the 'Milk Tray Man' in the famous series of adverts for the Cadbury's product. They had two children, Michael and Amber and her niece is the actress Fay Ripley.

She tried a few comebacks but all too no avail, most peculiar of all was 1975's Smoochie, sung with her father under the name Bill and Coo! An ardent animal rights supporter, the similarly minded Morrissey was a huge fan and The Smiths recorded Golden Lights in 1986, whilst Joanne Whalley had covered Terry in 1983 with her short lived band Cindy and the Saffrons before finding fame as an actress.


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1 comment:

  1. Super pics, interesting that Fay Ripley is related to her. How great of the 1960s that posh birds could be popular too - Joanna Lumley tops them all !